When it comes to car repair or restoration, many of us pride ourselves on what we can do in our own garages. But there are lines that must be drawn. We feel pretty comfortable tackling any mechanical, some electrical, and occasionally cosmetic issues. When it comes to paint and body, though, that’s when we tap out. It’s time to call in the pros. There’s something about nuts and bolts fastening into place that feels like science, while rust and dent repair or spraying the sheetmetal is more like dark magic.
When is it time to call in the professionals?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What TV series or movie fueled your love for cars?”
The answers from last week were excellent, often reminding us of shows and movies long forgotten, or introducing us to things we need to add to the viewing list. Among kids’ shows, for example, we had classics like Danny‘s (and many others) choice of Speed Racer, RamenEater3000‘s Wacky Races, Taylor C.‘s Transfomers, エーイダン ‘s Initial D, and HE HE‘s Pixar’s Cars. But a surprise entry was something we’d never heard of containing very creepy puppets, Fred Langille‘s Supercar.
In terms of movies there was a wide variety of genres and eras, such as Jeff Koch‘s nomination of Herbie the Love Bug, MWC70‘s Cannonball Run, GeorgeL‘s Smokey and the Bandit, Mark F Newton-John‘s Grand Prix, speedie‘s Vanishing Point and Italian Job. Surprisingly, only one vote for The Fast and the Furious came from j_c.
From TV we got multiple replies with shows like Knight Rider, The Dukes of Hazzard, Magnum PI, The Fall Guy, Hardcastle and McCormick. It seem like the 80s were a golden age. In addition we had MWC70‘s shout out to Simon and Simon, or Michael K.‘s The A-Team, ra21benj‘s BJ and the Bear, Steve‘s Green Hornet, and more. We’re surprised no one mentioned CHiPs or Hawaii Five-0, though.
It was easy to get lost in these series and films, but it takes special breed of true car nut to faithfully tune in to a dry, informational program week after week. That’s why this QotW winner is james, was inspired by the best of Maryland Public Television:
Believe it or not, it was MotorWeek that got me interested in cars. I guess it was a combination of that theme(from ’87 onward) as well as the cars presented.Especially the classic Japanese models.
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